Józef Kuraś „Ogień” [10]

Józef Kuraś „Ogień”

Subject: The Enduring Soldiers Accursed by the Communists
Face value: 10 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 14.14 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 10000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: pad printing
Date of issue: 2023-03-15
Issue price: 200 pln
The reverse of the coin carries the images of Józef Kuraś “Ogień”, a white-and-red flag with the symbol of Fighting Poland, and the inscriptions: “Zachowali się jak trzeba” (“They acted as they should”) and “1915–1947” (Ogień’s dates of birth and death).

Designer: Dobrochna Surajewska
In the central part of the coin – image of the coat of arms eagle established as the national emblem of the Republic of Poland. Below the left talon of the eagle – mint mark: m/w. Along the rim – issuing country: RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (the Republic of Poland). In the bottom part of the coin – face value: 10 zł, year of issue: 2023. In the background – stylized decorative surface: broken prison bars.

Designer: Dobrochna Surajewska

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Józef Kuraś „Ogień”

Józef Kuraś (“Ogień”, “Orzeł”) was born on 23 October 1915 in Waksmund near Nowy Targ. In 1934, he became a member of the People’s Party (Stronnictwo Ludowe), a peasant party in Poland. Drafted into the army in 1936, he served in Sanok and Słobodka near Vilnius.

During the September campaign of 1939, he fought in the ranks of the 1st Podhale Rifle Regiment, a mountain infantry unit. After an unsuccessful attempt to get through to France, he returned to Waksmund. In November 1939, he became involved in underground activities. He was a soldier of the Tatra Confederation (Konfederacja Tatrzańska) and the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), he also commanded the People’s Security Guard (Ludowa Straż Bezpieczeństwa) units and the execution ...

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